Where to take a gourmet minibreak in the East Midlands – five stunning options

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The East Midlands isn’t top of many mini-breakers’ lists. But it should be. Great Food Club’s home turf (we’re based in Melton Mowbray) contains pretty Rutland, the stunning Vale of Belvoir, the unsung beauty of Leicestershire’s Bradgate Park and the rugged Derbyshire Peak District. It’s also home to pies and Stilton, many special village pubs (search here to find some) and several handsome National Trust properties, plus the buzzing, tastebud-tickling cities of Nottingham, Leicester and Derby.

So, you don’t have to sit in the car for hours to enjoy a memorable minibreak. And what’s more, the East Mids is home to some gourmet-break gems – special inns and hotels that provide exceptional cooking, superior comfort and smile-inducing service.

Featured below are five superb East Midlands ‘sleepover’ options. Book a minibreak at any of these and you’ll come back refreshed and gloriously well-fed.

Hart’s of Nottingham

A Hart’s dish – roast duck with kumquats, spiced lentils & cavolo nero

Experience a night of award-winning hospitality and gourmet food at Hart’s Hotel and Two-AA-Rosette restaurant. This award-winning central Nottingham venue is the perfect place in which to unwind and enjoy the company of someone special, with buzzing Nottingham on your doorstep should you wish to explore. Enjoy a foodie getaway to include an overnight stay, breakfast, afternoon tea, dinner & a glass of Champagne – all for £299. Book here.

View from Hart’s Garden Room

Langar Hall, Langar, Nottinghamshire

A rabbit loin dish served at Langar Hall

Situated in the luscious Vale of Belvoir, apricot-coloured Langar Hall is unique. It seems to exist in its own space and time, separate from humdrum reality, drawing guests into a world of fantastic food and drink and intense relaxation. Staying here is a bit like having a slice of your own country house. Langar Hall is indulgent, bohemian and easy to fall in love with. No wonder it has so many loyal fans. Book here.

One of Langar Hall’s rooms

Lake Isle, Uppingham, Rutland

Enjoy beautifully presented food and exceptional customer service in Lake Isle’s award-winning restaurant. Choose from delicious light lunch to an indulgent evening meal, plus a fantastic choice of wines from the extensive wine cellar. Book one of the stylish bedrooms to make a night of it. Dinner bed & breakfast starts at £162 for two people. Book here.

One of Lake Isle’s rooms

Hambleton Hall, Hambleton, Rutland

The venue that’s held a Michelin Star for longer than any other in the UK is – you’ve guessed it – Hambleton Hall. Staying at this Rolls-Royce of a hotel is a special and extremely luxurious experience, with stunning views across Rutland Water, unrivalled service standards and spectacular food prepared by Aaron Patterson and his team. Hambleton Hall is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, so it’s the perfect time to arrange your stay. Book here.

One of Hambleton Hall’s luxurious rooms

Barnsdale Lodge, Oakham, Rutland

Placed second in The Telegraph’s ’20 Top Places for a Warm Welcome’, Rutland’s Barnsdale Lodge celebrates its 30th Anniversary this year. Offering high-quality, locally-sourced gourmet food cooked by executive chef David Bukowicki and his team, plus 46 bedrooms and 17 self-catering retreats located just a short walk from Rutland Water, this is a gem for food lovers. Book here.

One of the rooms at Barnsdale Lodge

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